March 22, 2019 3:42 pm

Pot stores rolling in to seven Manitoba rural communities

New pot stores are coming to seven rural Manitoba communities

Global News

Seven rural Manitoba communities will soon be home to a pot shop.

The province announced Friday cannabis stores will open in Altona, Flin Flon, Lac du Bonnet, Niverville, Swan River, Virden and the RM of Russell-Binscarth.

READ MORE: Rural spots look for approval as Manitoba expands pot sales

More than 100 potential retailers have pre-qualified as part of the province’s latest roll-out of pot stores.¬†Those applicants will then take part in a random draw based on the location they prefer.

The government’s goal is for 90 per cent of Manitobans to have a recreational cannabis store located within a 30-minute drive, by October 2020.

READ MORE: More than a dozen Manitoba municipalities say ‘no’ to retail sale of pot

The province has not yet said when the next round of openings will be approved.

WATCH: Cannabis shop opens on urban reserve in Winnipeg

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